2nd Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 01/17/2014 09:24 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


TROUTDALE, Ore. (AP) – Four lost hikers were safely escorted down a trail late last night to Multnomah Falls in the Columbia River Gorge. Sheriff’s deputies say the Portland-area women in their 20s were unhurt and in good spirits. They were hiking from Wahkeena Falls to Multnomah Falls the trail ended in a washout. They turned around but couldn’t make it out before dark. They didn’t have a flashlight, so they called for help.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Talks between the Portland school district and teachers association stalled last night without a deal. Superintendent Carole Smith says negotiators thought they were getting close to an agreement; now they are disappointed at a widening gap. No further talks are scheduled.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Animal rights groups have filed a lawsuit seeking to stop a coyote-killing contest scheduled for this weekend in sparsely populated southeast Oregon. The Animal Legal Defense Fund contends the annual event violates state gambling laws. The organizer says it’s a game of skill, not chance. Last year, 20 teams of hunters competed in the JMK Coyote Hunt, killing nearly 150 coyotes.

ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) – There’s talk in Ashland about the city enacting restrictions on guns, which has the leader of a gun-rights group calling for a boycott of the tourist and Shakespeare town in Southern Oregon. The City Council is scheduled to take a look Feb. 3 at the proposals from Citizens for a Safe Ashland. The Oregon Firearms Federation said it would sue over the measures. And the group says gun-rights advocates shouldn’t spend their tourist dollars in Ashland.


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